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Full text of "A search in secret Egypt"

CHAPTER m
THE PYRAMID
r  ^HE Pharaohs themselves are now but phantasms, I thin vaporous spirits who dwell in Amend, the I Hidden Land, but the Pyramids are with us still;
JL solid, bulky memorials which have become an enduring part of the rocky stone plateau upon which they were built. Ancient Egypt continues to hold the attention and to grip the interest of the modern world, chiefly because it has left us these stupendous testimonies to its existence, testimonies which are more tangible and more massive than any which have been left by other dead empires of the East.
Pliny the Roman wrote down somewhere that the three Pyramids had filled the earth with their renown, and now, two thousand years after he scribed that statement, we may say unhesitatingly that time has taken nothing away from that renown. I wrote, not long ago, to a few friends who live a semi-secluded existence in the remote interior of the South Indian peninsula, men who had hardly ever crossed the long ridge or hills that neighbour them, who scarcely ever troubled the world and who were scarcely ever troubled by the world, and I told them about some researches I was making at the Great Pyramid. It was not necessary for me to explain where and what the latter was; I knew that they knew, and the reply, when it came, proved that my assumption about these simple Indian folk was correct. The renown of the Pyramids had travelled farther even than in Pliny's time. Indeed, their fame is such that I wonder how many tourist business magnates have looked yearningly at those triangular sides with regret that such magnificent advertising should be wasted! Perhaps the day may not be far off when some enterprising manufacturer will offer a hundred thousand piastres yearly to the Egyptian Government for the sole right of erecting a tremendous hoarding across the north face of the Great Pyramid, and when we shall
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